THE PROCLAMATION OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
Today, the twenty–fifth day of December,
unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth
and then formed man and woman in His own image.
Several thousand years after the flood,
when God made the rainbow shine forth
as a sign of the covenant.
Twenty–one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah;
thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel
out of Egypt.
Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges;
one thousand years from the anointing of David as king;
in the sixty–fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel.
In the one hundred and ninety–fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty–second year from the foundation
of the city of Rome.
The forty–second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace,
Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by His most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since His conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary.
Today is the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.
Entrance Antiphon: Psalm 2:7 (Mass during the night)
The Lord said to me:
You are My Son.
It is I who have begotten You this day.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord,
for our Savior has been born in the world.
Today true peace has come down to us from Heaven.
Collect: (Mass during the night)
O God, who have made this most sacred night
radiant with the splendor of the true light,
grant, we pray, that we, who have known the mysteries of His light on earth,
may also delight in His gladness in Heaven.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Readings (Mass during the night):
Isaiah 9:1-6 (the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light)
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13 “Today is born our Savior, Christ, the Lord”
Titus 2:11-14 (God’s grace trains us to reject sin while we anticipate Jesus’ Second Coming)
+ Luke 2:1-14 (the nativity and announcement to the shepherds)
We are the shepherds
on the hills,
still wrapped in darkness,
against the terrors of the night.
The Light affrights us,
That’s why He sends us to a cave
to find a helpless Child
accompanied by poverty
within a Holy Family,
who open humble hearts to us
and beckon us inside.
Within the warmth
of Jesus’ eyes,
we finally come to realize
that God is on our side
against our sins.
He begs the alms
of what we hide.
It brings Him joy
to open wide
the gates of mercy,
Have I brought Jesus His favorite Christmas present–
the opportunity to set me free and train me in holiness?